BOO HOO, NO SPOOKS
THE GHOSTS WHICH ARE SAID TO HAUNT RAVENSWOOD’S HISTORIC HOTELS CONTINUE TO ELUDE REGIONAL EDITOR JOHN ANDERSEN. ly moans. No ghostly whispers. Not even a ghostly slamming of the door at either pub.
Periodically, when I woke up during the night at the Railway and squinted into the darkness to see if there was any funny business happening, there was nothing to report.
And then at 4am, with daylight not too far away, the dogs outside started barking. Could they be barking at a ghostly apparition?
Nope. Publican Charlie Bellchambers told me just after sunrise when we were both down in the kitchen that they were barking at wild pigs which root up his garden.
How is it that just about everyone except me who stays in these rooms sees ghosts?
Charlie was woken at 3am one night when two guests, their clothes under their arms, ran down the stairs screaming. They flew out the front door, terrified by “a ghost in Room 11”.
“They were really frightened. They left town in a hurry,” Charlie said.
But, here I am, holstered up for zombies, ghouls and poltergeists and all I get are dogs barking at pigs. Charlie has seen footprints and heard noises in the pub he is convinced are ghosts. Footprints? Ghosts? Well, Charlie’s telling the story. His son had a ghost sitting beside him at the bar one night. Charlie’s son was drinking rum.
Anna, the Railway’s Swedish barmaid, can’t wait to see her first ghost. “I just hope it is friendly and wants to have a talk,” she said cheerfully.
A group of ghostbusters who go by the impressive title of Paranormal Investigators Townsville, conducted an in- vestigation into ghosts at the Imperial on May 2. They saw plenty. Karina, whose title is Team Leader/ Investigator, wrote a report on what they found. She had this to say: “Tess, Di and I made our way to Room 12A, but when I went to go out on to the balcony, I literally could not move as it felt like someone was pushing me back into the room.” Karina had another ghostly experience at the town’s cemetery where she said she felt a presence and snapped a photo.
She said the photo showed “a misty hand coming towards me”.
“Di ( the group’s ‘ medium’) immediately grabbed my hand and ordered whatever it was to go back and stay where it was.
FULL SERVICE: The blackboard menu at Ravenswood’s Imperial Hotel.